Sun finally shines on Elveden racers

Phil Hargreaves (left) and VC Norwich club-mate Glyn Thomas at the front of the bunch in the race fo

Phil Hargreaves (left) and VC Norwich club-mate Glyn Thomas at the front of the bunch in the race for Third Cats on the Elveden Estate circuit. - Credit: Archant

More than 250 competitors enjoyed a brilliant sunny day of racing on the Elveden Estate circuit – in contrast to the muddy and rainswept first meeting there a month ago.

Norwich riders showed well in the women's race, where Kelly Davis (Iceni Velo) took fifth place just ahead of Erica Howe (VC Norwich) with Kelly Martin (Iceni) 10th and Louise Marsden (VCN) 11th. Winner was Elizabeth Malins (Twenty3c) from an impressive break with Anna Grundy(second) and Alison Lilley (third).

Tommy Power (Strada Sport) and Daniel Bloy (King's Lynn CC) made a last-lap break in the race for third category riders. The charging bunch overwhelmed them right on the line, but 16-year-old Power hung on to win by a whisker.

As last month, Adam Botteley (Bourne Wheelers) won the Under-14s race from a lone break, but the local star was Great Yarmouth CC's Patrick Manning who blasted in to take second by a good margin with clubmates Zak Coleman, Matthew Baker and Sophie Wright taking eighth, ninth and 10th respectively –aking Wright the clear winner of the girls.

The new Autostrasse team – closely linked with the Stowmarket & District club – scored their first win in the 97-rider race for Fourth Cats, after what was described as a 'lively' race in which several competitors found it hard to stay upright and on the course.


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Tom Neale (Spalding CC) won the race from top category riders after bridging the gap to a break originally consisting of Jamie Caldwell, Wojuech Sxlkchta, and Jon Shuster, who were also joined by Andy Hastings, who led out the sprint and Alex Peters (Madison Genesis) who was second by inches. For full results see http://elvedencycleraces.com.

• The re-arranged Tricycle Association 25 at Bressingham was won by Marcus Hopkins (King's Lynn CC) riding a 1950s Higgins tricycle neatly updated with carbon tri-spoke wheels. Hopkins' time was 1:11:23. David Staff (VeloVelocity) won the classic bike 25 in 1:05:01 while teammate Geoff Frost took the Medium Gear event in 1:05:51.

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• Pro roadman Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport), in the area for a wedding, made short work of the Stowmarket & District 20, winning in 44:19. This was not fast enough to break Lee Bark's 43:52 course record but took him nearly three minutes clear of second-placed James Trenchard (Godric CC, 47:12) who had seven seconds on former winner Glenn Taylor. The north wind made it hard work on the long rural section through Kenton.

• In the Chelmer CC Road Race a big breakaway group of around 30 was caught on the last lap and it came down to a sprint which Lee Rowe (Finchley RT) won and Iceni Velo's Swiss member Martin Ruepp – who lives in King's Lynn – was fourth.

• At the Norfolk Academy races at the Airport Park and Ride there were wins for Hannah Turner (Great Yarmouth CC), Edward and Josun Cole (Iceni Velo), Ben Howell and Harley Matthews (Strada Sport) and Jen Smart (VC Norwich)

• On Sunday there is a Cycle Jumble in Hingham, at the Lincoln Hall on The Fairlands with the doors opening to buyers at 9.30am. Information from John on 01953 851561.

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